BOSTON – Two Cape Cod men with extensive criminal histories were arrested and charged today with conspiring to violate federal drug laws.
Duane Gomez, a/k/a “Go-Go” or “G,” 39, of Falmouth, and Antone Andrade, a/k/a “Tank,” 34, of Bourne, were charged in criminal complaints with conspiracy to distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute, over 100 grams of heroin. In addition, Andrade is charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine.
As alleged in the complaint, the federal investigation leading to the two arrests began in fall 2013 and involved audio- and video-recorded drug transactions with both Gomez and Andrade. Over the course of the investigation, Gomez and Andrade allegedly sold cocaine and heroin worth thousands of dollars, and stashed drugs and money in locations in Falmouth, Bourne, and Mashpee. One of the heroin samples from Gomez tested positive for traces of fentanyl, a synthetic opiate that has been linked to overdoses when mixed with heroin.
The charging statute provides a sentence of no greater than 40 years in prison, a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of up to $5 million. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Michael J. Ferguson, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division; Colonel Timothy P. Alben, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Michael D. O’Keefe, Cape and Islands District Attorney; Falmouth Police Chief Edward A. Dunne; Bourne Police Chief Dennis R. Woodside; Mashpee Police Chief Rodney Collins; and Barnstable County Sheriff James M. Cummings, made the announcement today. The case was investigated by the DEA Cape Cod Drug Task Force and the Massachusetts State Police Cape Cod Drug Unit. The case is being prosecuted by William F. Bloomer and Brian A. Pérez-Daple of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.
The details contained in the complaint are allegations. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.